23 Aug '11, 4pm

Do your clothes contain toxic chemicals?

Do your clothes contain toxic chemicals?

Chemicals in clothing can break down in water into hormone-disrupting nonylphenol (click the infographic to embiggen). If you want to avoid dumping this crap in the waterways, you have two choices: One, never wash your clothing -- which, on top of being gross, will probably not be that effective, since wastewater discharges from textile plants sluiced nonylphenol out into the waterways before your clothes even hit the store. Or two, opt for clothing from companies that don't use nonylphenol-producing chemicals (called nonylphenol ethoxylates, or NPEs). According to research from Greenpeace , though, that might be tough. Of the 15 brands they tested for NPEs, only Gap had zero positive results.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-08-23-do-your-clothes-cont...

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